Food transition for Cats

All food changes, from ingredients to the diet (even within a brand !) is a food transition.

Why transition ?

• Gradually adapting a cat's intestinal flora or reducing digestive disorder due to a brutal diet change (gases, diarrhea) because a cat's digestive tract is used to the formulation of a single nutrient.

• Give your cat some time to accept this new food : it is neophobic and is therefor wary of new habits. It might try once and then refuse it for a few days, making you think it doesn't like it... It is actually suspicious !

Cats are neophobic...

In case of brutal food change, cats can become anorexic.

In other words, it can let itself starve to death while standing in front of a full dish.

It is no use telling yourself "if it's hungry it'll eat"... please take precautions...

How do I deal with that ?

The idea is to mix some of the new food into the usual meal, each time a little more. But some Cats just sort out the new and refuse to eat it, making the technique totally inefficient.

Then comes the tricky part...

** Changing humid food, starting a home made diet; or adding a new ingredient, such as zucchini, to a usual meal :
> give each day, once a day, a very little amount of the food (approximately one teaspoon, or a few zucchini or green bean dices),
> repeat until the food is eaten a few days in a row,
> double the amount, give this during a few days, until it is eaten every day...

If a home made diet is started, and to avoid wasting :
> Prepare a recipe, with the amounts of a whole day but without starch, freeze in icecubes so to use one defrosted 'icecube' each day,
> This amount shall be added to the usual meal once per day...
>double the amount, give this during a few days, until it is willingly eaten every day
> Reduce the amount of usual food once one fourth up to one third of daily needs is eaten,
> A food transition can take 1 to 3 weeks, it is not a problem !

> If a nutrient is being replaced, reduce gradually the amount of the usual food depending on the consumption of the new one.

** Changing kibble,
> Take a little amount of the usual kibble (500 grams for example) take the needed amount for a day. which will be given in different meals,
> Add up to the same amount of new kibble and mix it,
> The next day, take the amount for the day from the mixed kibble,
> Add in the mixed kibble stock, the same amount of new kibble et mix it,
After a few weeks, the transition will be done without any problem.

Tricks & Tips

For Cats, it might be more difficult than planned. Here are tips to ease up the acceptane of new food:

• Add tuna juice or soy sauce,  ou un peu de bouillon salé ou un peu de yaourt nature ou encore un peu de fromage râpé

• Varier la température (certains aiment manger tiède) et les textures pour l’alimentation ménagère : certains préfèrent la viande très peu cuite, d’autres les mousses (tout mixé)…

• S'agissant d'une ration ménagère, ne jamais commencer avec seulement la viande ou le poisson ou quelques ingrédients, mais ATTENDRE de disposer de tous les ingrédients, préparés ensemble (bien associer Vit'i5 et Huile de Coza, puis ajouter son de blé ou légumes en petits dés, puis viande ou poisson, et enfin éventuellement féculent cuit) et distribuer l'ensemble d'emblée

L'huile de colza, si elle est oxydée avant d'être mélangée aux autres inrgréients, peut amener le chat à refuser la consommation de l'ensemble de la ration. Bien choisir une huile de colza bien protégée, en bouteille opaque, et la garder au réfrigérateur. Ne pas la chauffer, ni à la poele ni au micro-ondes.

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